May 11, 2018
Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a “Jackpot,” Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb
In the nearly two weeks since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israeli agents had recovered thousands of files documenting Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, two experts in nuclear weapons technology expressed that the Israeli intelligence coup provided a “jackpot” of information and that the files show that Iran never gave up its nuclear weapons program.
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council published remarks made by former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen and Institute for Science and International Security President David Albright on its website Thursday.
Heinonen had told NPR that even though a lot of the information in the Israeli intelligence trove was already known, there was “also new information.” He characterized the intelligence as a “jackpot.”
Heinonen explained pictures included in Netanyahu’s presentation showed equipment that is used to produce nuclear weapons that Iran did not admit to possessing.
Albright, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said that the documents that the Israelis found showed that Iran had a “sleeping” nuclear weapons program. Iran intended for the program to remain dormant until it could be revived to develop nuclear weapons.
In contrast to South Africa, which surrendered all the documentation of its nuclear weapons program to the IAEA, Iran kept their documentation and hid it from inspectors. By keeping the documentation, Iran did not, in fact, denuclearize as required by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).